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Feb 10, 2013 11:00am EST
all about the body of the united states senate. its history, its current circumstances and our aspirations for it as an institution. i hope you will find it to be of value. for those of you who have the opportunity to read it. i was walking to the quarters of the senate many years ago with a friend from nebraska. it's a name, he holds a name that some of you may recognize. his name was ted sorenson. ted was a speech writer to john kennedy. and as we were walking through the marble corridors with a wonderful statues casting a shadow, i think he might've been inspired to say to me that while the national archives is the place where history is stored, it's the united states senate where our history is made. in ways large and small. today, history is being made. tomorrow, history will be made. a united states senator actually makes history at the very first moment they come into the united states senate and are sworn in. and degradation and a long-standing practice that as a senator is sworn in, he is given a number. and that number goes all the way back to the very first senator,
Feb 9, 2013 8:20pm EST
have just a few hours to get funny. what would you do if you are a united states senator and you thought you needed to get funny? you would go sit next to al franken, right? [laughter] thinking that the funny would rub off and maybe he would take pity as i told him the pain i was going through and would write a joke. not al. so i am not feeling any funnier for my experience with al franken. i am feeling less funny. so the plan failed and it was on the plan b, or as i call it, the instant internet fix. you know what that is. those of you who are regular internet users, you know that internet advertisers -- that would be all of you -- you know about the google and the system of tubes, i know. internet advertisers are mainly right. they know how to find your special niche, your special opportunities. for example, you order a couple plus size jackets and did the banner ad that says, lose 20 pounds in two days. [laughter] i thought, if it works for that it has got to work if you order up a joke books. i will get an instant banner ad telling me how to be an instant stand up comedian in
Feb 14, 2013 10:00pm EST
democrats of the united states senate. the united states senate. >> the only certainty is more dysfunction and gridlock. >> it is valentine's day. >> love is not in the air. >> i can't imagine a more romantic way to spend valentine's day. >> with all of the love lost is it time for a break up? >> president obama's nominee for defense secretary has the 51 vo votes but today he actually needed 60. that would allow the vote on his nomination to actually take place. he came up two votes short of what he needed. today he will eventually have those votes that is for sure. we can get this issue revolved on the day that we can return for recess. certainly i believe there are vo votes. >> when we get back i vote for closure and move onto nomination. >> that is raight. they will vote eventually, but today they just didn't feel like it. they voted to block the nomination. it failed 40-58 with one senator voting present and one not voting. 54 tomorrows voted ip favor. no cabinet member has ever been filibustered. only two cabinet members in history have been filibustered and both were even
Feb 14, 2013 3:00pm PST
, i think it must start with the part of this congress, the united states senate. why can't he get past in the united states senate? >> michael: that's a really good question mr. speaker. let's get to work, senate democrats. joining me now philip ewing. he comes to us from washington, d.c. philip, welcome inside "the war room"." >> thanks for having me. >> michael: let's just start at the basics about hagel. once the senate gets closure what will be next for chuck hagel? >> the way it will probably work is that republicans want to vote on thursday to end debate on hagel. it doesn't look like democrats have the votes to stop their barricade, and so what will probably happen the senate will take a break for the president's recess and then come back and vote again. although it isn't clear how that exactly is going it play out. what republicans mostly want is more time. they say the full senate needs more time to consider hagel's nomination because he's so controversial, his views are so out of the mainstream. what i think they really want is more time to try to embarrass him, attack t
Feb 9, 2013 12:25pm EST
upheld by the united states supreme court. the president was reelected, and his party controls the united states senate. in short, the affordable care act is not going anywhere. at least not for the time being. [applause]by agreeing to expand our medicaid program just slightly, beyond what arizona voters have twice mandated, we will protect rural and safety net hospitals from being pushed to the brink. take advantage of a norma's economic benefits, inject $2 billion into our economy, save and create thousands of jobs, and provide healthcare to hundreds of of thousands of low income arizonans. [applause]saying no to this plan will not save these federal dollars from being spent, or direct them to deficit reduction. arizona's tax dollars would simply be passed to another state, generating jobs and providing health care for citizens in california, colorado, nevada, new mexico, or any other expansion state. remember, arizona citizens have voted twice to expand medicaid coverage. with this move, we will secure a federal revenue stream to cover the costs of the uninsured, who already show up in our doctors offic
Feb 14, 2013 11:00am EST
the united states senate that the president has asked for. let's have an open debate on that whole issue. but again, the president is going to need to talk to harry reid about that. i believe harry reid is not going to bring to the floor for a vote or open discussion or debate a number of these issues because he's had a number of members who are running as democrats for the senate in just two years. and they're from states where the president is -- continues to be very unpopular and he does not want those senate candidates to have to choose between the president and their own constituents who oppose what the president is proposing. >> republican senator from wyoming, john barrasso, sir, thank you for your time this morning. i appreciate it. >> thank you, thomas. i appreciate it. >>> i want to bring in and say good morning to our panel. cnbc contributor and democratic strategist keith boykin and msnbc contributor susan del persio. let's where we left off with barrasso and talking about the nra and the fact that barrasso thinks harry reid will likely try to drag his feet to bring som
Feb 14, 2013 12:00pm EST
record for the united states senate. 1,387 days since the united states senate has passed a budget. 1,387 days. the last time i checked, the 2012 election is over, and, of course, it's been over for more than three months now, but, unfortunately, the president still seems to be very much in campaign mode, giving speeches all around the country. at the time -- for the time being, what we really need rather than a president on a perpetual campaign is for democrats and republicans to work together to try to solve some of our nation's most pressing problems, and there is no more important issue than our national debt. unfortunately, the president after extracting about $600 billion in new taxes as a result of the fiscal cliff negotiation is still coming back to the well and he's calling for tens of billions of dollars of new spending at a time when we ought to be talking about bending the cost curve down, try to rein in wasteful washington spending, the president wants to spend more and he wants to raise your taxes to do it. and perhaps worst of all, we know that the promises we made t
Feb 13, 2013 12:00pm EST
has systemically dismantled enforcement inside the united states and chris crane, the head of the border patrol union, a great guy, a marine, is just totally exasperated. the border patrol union has voted unanimously, senator vitter, no confidence in john morton, the head of that ice department. they've sued the i.c.e. department because of being blocked from doing their sworn duty to enforce the law, and i asked him today as secretary napolitano who testified today, had she ever met with him? because i asked her about it last year and the bad morale that was that a -- that i.c.e. agents had and he said he'd never met her and never shaken hands with her. so we don't have the kind of commitment to law enforcement at this point that gives i think the american people confidence that we're moving on a right path. and i would just share with you finally that i do think that means that this is no shoor sure thing, that -- no sure thing, that people are awfully confident as long as some big names are on the bill it's just going to pass and i'm not confident that's so. mr. vitter: thank you, senator. i certainly agree. and, again, the fundamental issue is, is this model that's been tried before really going to work? and
Feb 14, 2013 5:00pm EST
republican representing the ultra liberal state of nebraska. he served with distinction in the united states senate as a senator, served on the foreign relations committee, armed services committee, intelligence committee. he's a man of quality, a man of courage. not just being able to come and give a speech here on the senate floor. during the vietnam war, he volunteered to go into combat. that's what he chose to do. because he thought it was the patriotic thing to do for his country, our country. and his family felt that way. he and his brother went togeth together. they didn't go to push pencils. they carried rifles, had strapped to their sides grenad grenades. he was wounded twice. he's an enlisted man. he didn't walk around ordering people to do things. people were ordering him around what to do. except when it came to his brother, who he saved his brother's life in combat in vietnam. and they are filibustering him. that's what they're doing. i'm going to go call chuck hagel when i finish here and say, i'm sorry, sorry this has happened. i'm sorry for the president, i'm sorry for the country, and
Feb 15, 2013 9:00pm EST
before the united states senate and the american people and saying this -- >> i don't know how many united states senators believe we have a coherent tragedy in iraq. i don't think we've ever had a coherent strategy. there is no strategy. this is a ping-pong game with american lives. these young men and women that we put in anbar province, in iraq, in baghdad are not beans. they're real lives. and we better be damn sure we know what we're doing, all of us before we put 22,000 more americans into that grinder. we better be as sure as you can be. and i want every one of you every one of us, 100% of us to look in that camera, and you tell your people back home what you think. don't hide anymore, none of us. >> that's what this is about. it's about iraq. we should have known that this was john mccain's hangup on this when his questions to chuck hagel during his confirmation hearings this month could not get past the iraq war, which is over. but john mccain's obsession with it did have the silver lining of giving chuck hagel a chance to elaborate on his position on it. >> you continued o
Feb 15, 2013 7:00am EST
defense on the job. no one, no one knows, especially any united states senator, what foreign challenge will face this country perhaps in the next ten d days. >> reporter: republicans say they still have questions about his policies, income, and qualifications for the job so in a rare move they filibustered him for the job. >> this time we can and must do better. >> reporter: republicans say they probably will allow haig toll get confirmed when they come back from recess. democrats say if that's the case whierks not just confirm him now? this was supposed to be panetta's last day on the job but he said he'll stick around until a new secretary jof defene is picked. >>> prosecutors in south africa say it was premeditated and more serious charges are coming. the track star known as the blade runner openly cried in court this morning and emma hurd was in court. >> reporter: oscar pistorius broke down in tears, his father trying to comfort him. they've brought in their top prosecutors to handle this case. it's setting the stage for real courtroom drama here. it was a return to the global sta
Feb 14, 2013 8:00pm EST
united states and members in our good friends in the senate who are likely to move the headquarters stateside and i think the best thing we can do right now, and i think you would agree, that it would be very difficult to move the headquarters. what do you think about -- to you and i talked about this. have you had time to look and see in terms of resources? as i said my opening statement we have 5000 boots on the ground. that is not much. do you have any comments going in right now as to how you are being resource particularly at a time with a drawdown we are talking about at the current time? >> senator thank you. as you know the challenges across the depth and breadth of africa that we are facing with the resources constraints that we are all living under will be a challenge in the end we just have to make the greatest assessments of where we are going to accept risks to ensure everybody knows and understands that and then the coordination between the interagency departments will be critical as we move forward. we all as commanders have to help our leadership assessed the risk th
Feb 14, 2013 5:30pm EST
time ago. republicans in the united states senate have temporarily delayed the confirmation vote for defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. another vote is expected in the next few weeks. now for the scandal that continues to spread. a company in the south of france whose meat and did up -- ended up on supermarket shelves is accused by the french government of knowingly selling horse meat as beef. our european correspondent christian frazier reports. >> tonight, it was the french company spanghero in the dock, and the minister of consumer affairs said they sent out horsemeat as beef. >> spanghero was the first actor in the food chain to import horsemeat as beef. >> in a french newspaper, an invoice for one of the three ships that spanghero was said to have ordered in january. the total volume, and 42 tons. the ceo still insists that its company received a beep and sold but what it thought was beef. the ships travel by this facility in the netherlands. french authorities believe that spanghero ordered the course made -- horsemeat and sold it as beef. the could contain up to 100% horse
Feb 12, 2013 7:30pm PST
president. and may god continue to bless the united states of america. >> pelley: senator marco rubio, the junior senator from florida, has been in the united states senate for two years now. he was the speaker of the house in florida before he won the senate seat in florida. bob schieffer, what did you see in senator rubio's speech? >> schieffer: well, this is one of the great hopes of the republican party one of their great speakers. but i've got to say, as it always is with a response to the state of the union here's a guy by himself in a room looking into a television camera and he's trying to compete with someone who's just spoken to this crowd that's giving a standing ovation every time he takes a deep breath or something. it's very hard to compete with that. senator rubio had a very sharp edge to some parts of his speech when he said that the things president obama was accusing republicans of. i must say it gave us all of us a start here watching it. i thought there was a light about to fall on him or something or somebody -- (laughs) i don't know what i thought was going to ha
Feb 16, 2013 2:00am PST
come from the united states senate and ask for a vote, can you? >> i am very troubled by it. >> i am very troubled by it, it being chuck hagel's imaginary connection to the organization, on a bright dot server, and apparently in rand paul's mind. that is who gets to vote to confirm the defense secretary, very troubled by this terrorist organization that he heard about in a chat room somewhere. don't feel so bad, rush, every country's got them, we just give them more power than most countries do. republicans filibustered chuck hagel's nomination yesterday, that has never happened before, no cabinet nominee has ever been blocked by a filibuster, we have been hit by meteors, but this was never done, now the senate is in recess, the confirmation will probably happen in a week and a half, unless of course we have to hear rand paul chair hearings on the birth certificate of the president, or something more compelling than us needing a defense secretary, than having 66,000 americans deployed in war. that does it for us. we'll see you back here monday, monday night for the premier of the doc
Feb 12, 2013 10:30pm EST
represent florida and the united states senate. let me begin by congratulating president obama on the start of his second term. tonight i have the honor of responding to the state of the union address on behalf of my fellow republicans. i'm especially honored to be addressing to be our armed forces, you may be thousands of miles away but you are always if our prayers. state of the union address is reminder how unique america is. so much of human history most people were trapped in stagnant society where a tiny minority stayed on top and no one had a chance. but america is exceptional because we believe every life at every stage is precious. that every one everywhere as a god given right to go as far as their talents their hard work will take them. for most americans, this ideal is personal. my parents emigrated here for an opportunity to improve their life and give their children a chance of better one. they made it to middle-class. my dad worked as a bartender and my mother as a cashier and maid. i didn't inherited money from them but i inherited something better, real opportunity to
Feb 10, 2013 9:00am EST
colleagues on this? >> it's a tough issue. we know that. the united states senate. we have two 12345r9s senators per state and the rural states will have a lot to say, and obviously it's been a difficult issue in certain parts of this country. but i just hope we do what's right. hunter -- a hunter does not need an assault weapon. it's time to get these weapons off the street. >> so you think you will make some progress. >> there's no question that we will do everything we can to getthis >> so the president talked all about how to avoid sequest ration. >> they are across-the-board cuts. we say everything has the same priorities. that's not true. what we need to do is substitute these across the board cuts for something in particular. we have almost 6% of our workforce that works for the federal government and only 85 -- >> now that the president is in his second term, do you see an end or calming of these budget battles in washington or is it still going to be that tough fight? >> it's a new start. we hope the senate got off to a good start with some of our rules. we hope that w
Feb 8, 2013 12:00am EST
many high-value targets have been arrested and detained, interrogated by the united states during your four years with the administration? >> i'll be happy to get that information to you, senator, in terms of those high-value targets that have been captured with u.s. intelligence support. >> i submit to you the answer to that is one. and it's wasami, who was put on a ship for 60 days and interrogated. thank you. >> one high-value target captured and of course lots killed. if the cia does make public that there have been more than just that one guy captured that senator saxby chambliss mentioned there, we will let you know. but in the meantime that's kind of a hell of a ratio, right? in terms of killed versus captured. 4,700 to 1. so the idea is that first you're trying to capture people but the rate at which you do that is 1/4700 of a time? in recent days, though, there's been intense focus on whether secret targeted killing by our militarized cia is also a program that is allowed to target people who have u.s. citizenship. on monday nbc news's michael isikoff broke the news on this show that he had unearthed a 16-page white paper spelling out some of the legal reasoning behind wh
Feb 14, 2013 5:00am EST
states. senate could vote on the nomination later this week. the senate intelligence committee is delaying a vote on john brennan's nomination to be cia director. the committee chair, california senator dianne feinstein, says senators need more from asian about a controversial draw on strike program and last year's deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya that killed four americans. the white house has already given two classified memos to the committee. we have a quick school delayed to alert you. frederick county, maryland, schools on a two hour delay. it's 5:25, 35 degrees. the news continues at 5:30. >> several families during up for big reunions with thousands of passengers who have been stranded on >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> straight ahead, big changes for millions of travelers. american airlines and u.s. airways agreed to a merger, making it the world's largest airline. good morning, washington. it's thursday, february 14. i'm scott thuman. >> i am cynne simpson. back live valentine's day. we will get to meteorologis
Feb 12, 2013 12:00pm EST
conscience of our nation. it speaks to the conscience of the united states senate. it tells everybody, usually the most defenseless in our society, this body stands with you. and madam president, i would just urge our friends on the other side of the capitol to move quickly with similar legislation. this is something that we should not be held up on. this is a way that we can say we oppose violence against women, we oppose it today, we oppose it tomorrow, we will oppose it forever. and madam president, i yield the floor and i suggest the -- whoops. madam president, i ask unanimous consent that the senate proceed to a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak for up to ten minutes each. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. leahy: madam president, i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: mr. brown: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from ohio. mr. brown: i ask unanimous consent to dispense with the quorum call. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. brown: i ask unani
Feb 11, 2013 2:00pm PST
voting for scala and all the hands go up. this is more like the united states senate where every member believes he is entitled to the top job and is as good as the other guys. the other thing i think that -- >> so you don't think the white smoke is going to come up in two or three weeks. >> i think it could take a while. that's the other advantage for scala is also the problem which is the italians don't always stick together. as you know in politics, some of the worst fights are within your own camp. >> usually the irish. >> it is often the irish, but, you know, he is a leader, that gives him a power base. it's an important group in the church, but they have had some trouble with some of their politicians -- >> let's talk north america. all politics is local. i want to talk to melinda, is there any chance one of us from this continental would be the next pope. how about mark willette, 68, preeffect of the conditioning for bishops, that means he gets to be the gatekeeper for who becomes a bishop around the world. they say he's a bit of a chill but he makes the top -- the irish b
Feb 15, 2013 12:00pm EST
start with the part of the congress that his party controls, the united states senate. you know, what can he get passed in the united states senate? >> what accounts for the change? "it hasn't been real productive the last two years, and frankly, every time i've gotten into one of these high-profile negotiations, it's my rearend that got burnt." perhaps less concerned about their rearends, senate democrats yesterday got the ball rolling on a sequester alternative proposing $110 billion in alternative savings this year. half or $54 billion would come from imposing the buffett rule on healthy americans by enforcing a minimum effective tax rate on all incomes over $1 million. the other $55 billion, a combination of spending cuts split evenly between the department of defense and farm subsidies. republicans have rejected tax increases out of hand, but the sequester saga has revealed a split within the gop between deficit hawks and defense hawks. it is also made for some strange bedfellows, as progressive democrats line up with conservative tea partiers keen on cutting defense. >> not only
Feb 9, 2013 12:30am PST
discussion, senator franken and others have introduced bills in the united states senate to address precisely the questions that you are asking, governor, and we have supported them and we continue to look forward -- as a prosecutor i always want more tools. you know, i see a problem out there and i want to have the tools to fix it. we passed a hate crimes law in 2009 that enables us to work with local law enforcement in much more effective ways to combat hate crimes including but not limited to lgbt motivated violence. so we'd love to have more tools. but, you know, with the tools that we currently have, we're doing as much as we can and i think ruslyn's point about the uptick in the number of complaints we're both receiving, i'm not sure that necessarily reflects, as ruslyn correctly pointed out, that there's an uptick in violence. the doctrine of futility often resulted in less complaints being seen. i think there's a commitment in the federal level to doing our level best on these issues. >> tom, you talk about tools. ruslyn, what kind of tools, part of this is raising awareness
Feb 16, 2013 10:00am EST
woman governor, and the only woman in the country to serve as both governor and in the united states senate. i think the voters have tremendous respect for the performance of women in politics. we maybe tend to be a little bit less contentious, a little bit more conciliatory in terms of bringing people together, looking for compromise, looking for ways to work together, and that's what the voters are looking for now. >> kuster hopes having more women in congress means more legislation that will impact women. >> i've been very interested in talking already with republican and democratic women about helping our women in the military, making sure that they're safe from sexual assault and making sure that they have the services they need. so i think there are a few issues like that, but for the most part the issues that we're working on impact men and women, they impact families all across the state. >> kuster comes from a military family. her father and her father-in-law served in world war ii and her sons are interested in joining the military. she serves on the house committee on veterans affai
Feb 8, 2013 8:00pm EST
united states senator ben cardin. welcome to all of you and those who are watching over the web. i want to say a few words about the senator and he is going to address you and we will have time for questions and answers. and we have ways to receive those for people who are here and over the internet. and we will make sure to respond to all directions from which those questions may come. >> for those of you with who live in maryland and about three quarters of the people who work at n.i.h. have that residence, this is your senator. he is become a national leader on retirement, security, the environment, homeland security, minority health and health disparities and he is been a consist president supporter of the national institute of health and our mission and the work we do. he was elected to the senate in 2006 where he currently serves on the finances, public relations and business committees. he serves as co-chair on the security commission in europe. prior to this he represented mary mayor's third congressional district in the house of representatives. and before that in the maryland
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Feb 12, 2013 9:00am EST
will have to be 60 members of the united states senate who want him to be the secretary of defense. i give senator cruz credit for this. he had a videotape of al jazeera where hagel agreed with them that israel was guilty of war crimes and sickening slaughter and america is the world's bully and arguably one of the strongest terrorist states, iran is endorsing him to be the next seek terry of defense. if 60 members of the united states senate think in spite of that will be a good secretary of defense we'll find out. bill: it appears you are right at the line on that. >> i have no way of knowing. all but two republicans in the u.s. senate have said negative things about him. bill: senator mccain suggested this is not the type of filibuster battle republicans in the senate want. do you agree with him? >> it's not a filibuster. i'm saying we are going to try to get anne a consent agreement solar are you reid will alloy us to have a 60-vote margin. it happened with kathleen sebelius. this is a common thing and it should be expected they should have to have a 60-vote margin. bill: two o
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